Many publications do year-end sum-ups, praising, insulting and commemorating the 12 months that took place since their last year-end summary. I toyed with the idea of doing one myself, but found a number of “best&worst’s” that were high quality, discussing the politics and media of 2005, and I decided to just weed through them and link to the good ones instead. There may be more to come, as the year ain’t over yet, so if I find more, I’ll post links to them as well.
2005 Media Follies!- the folks at Seattle alt-biweekly Eat the State have released their restrospecticus, focusing on the “most overhyped” and “most underreported” stories of the year. If you just read one 2005 look-back, I’d say go for this one.
Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2005- Media Beat columnist Norman Solomon releases his list of the worst examples of journalism of the year. Accompanied by my yearly plea that Norman Solomon choose a new name for his list.
The News About the News: More Media Decline in 2005- journalist and media analyst Danny Schecter outlines
what he sees as the top trends in media for the year. Part of you probably knew all of them in advance, but its helpful to see them combined and synthesized together.
Top Ten Myths about Iraq in 2005- this one is less media-oriented than the others, a list of PR, spin, misinformation and propaganda about Iraq and the US occupation, but Middle East expert Juan Cole. [note: the link above keeps crashing, so you can see a repost of that list here]
Most outrageous statements of 2005- Media Matters for America has compiled a list of idiotic, offensive, and ridiculous quotes from some of the nation’s most popular right-wing nutjobs. Racist screeds, accusations of treason, calls for murder and assassination, sexist insults, homophobic attacks, jingoistic blather, its all here.
The First Annual Kippie Awards- blogger The Poor Man compiles this list of “awards” for crazed right-wing pundits and politicians, with categories like “Chickenhawk of the Year”, “Bush Fluffer of the Year” and “Crybaby of the Year”. A fun anti-conservative romp.
More year-end articles as I find them.
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